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Weekend Rumblings - News for September 5, 2021

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Shortstop belongs to Nicholas Lopez.

MLB: SEP 01 Indians at Royals

Weekend Rumblings - News for September 5, 2021

Mike Matheny’s rotation situation continues to be fluid, writes Anne Rogers.

“I think it is tough,” Matheny said. “But I also think it’s a great learning opportunity for these young players. I’m hopeful in a year from now, we’re prepping for them for what it looks like in the postseason: When it’s your bullpen day, just be ready to come out of the bullpen instead of pitching a bullpen side session. Those sorts of things don’t normally get a trial run. We needed them, and I think that’s the overriding philosophy here. What can I do, what do I need to do to help this team, regardless of if it makes it a little bit outside my comfort zone.”

Matheny talks to Lynn Worthy about how Nicky Lopez has solidified the shortstop position.

“It has been a great thing,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of the way Lopez and Merrifield have solidified the defense. “I don’t know if any of us expected to see the kind of defense that we’ve seen up the middle. They both have stepped in and filled a spot that’s really hard to fill.”

Matheny went on to say of the decision to leave the two where they’ve played most the season, “The timing was really (a big factor) as we analyzed and realized that these guys are having Gold Glove-caliber seasons, and that is so incredibly rare and such great accomplishments.”

An update on Salvador Perez, who left last night’s game after a ball bounced off the ground and hit him in the neck.

David Lesky considers Salvador Perez’s MVP chances.

It’s not that I think Salvy is the most deserving because I don’t, but I really wonder how much hype he’d be getting right now if it wasn’t for Ohtani leading the way. I just thought that was interesting to think about it because I really can see a scenario where he wins with the “great story” vote in another world. But in this world, I’m guessing he finishes higher than ever before but doesn’t get a single first, second or third place vote.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy highlights a reliever excelling in the minors for the Royals.

One arm that could be pushing for Zimmer and other’s jobs in that bullpen next season is Will Klein. The right-hander ranks third in total strikeouts in the league despite working from the pen the entire season. His 15.4 K/9 number trails just Dodgers Cameron Gibbens who made just 15 appearances before getting promoted. Since the first of August, Klein has stepped up his game, tossing 16 innings with 32 strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed. He’s allowed just 12 baserunners in that time (8 strikeouts, 4 walks) while striking out 53% of the hitters he’s faced. If he’s not ready for Double-A, then no one is.

The Royals announce a partnership to air some games in Spanish on Sirius XM.

Cubs manager David Ross and club president Jed Hoyer both test positive for COVID-19.

The Angels release shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Mets acting GM Zack Scott goes on administrative leave following an arrest for DWI.

What’s wrong with Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic?

How the Rays are redefining their approach.

Who are some September callups that could impact the pennant race?

Sheryl Ring looks at the legal questions at issue in a lawsuit surrounding the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

The A’s have a loaded arbitration class that could lead to some tough decisions.

Johnny Bench will have to miss Hall of Fame ceremonies due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The 1986 Mets were surprisingly candid for a new 30 for 30 documentary.

The Big 12 is prepared to invite BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and Central Florida to the conference.

Kansas won their first game in football since 2019.

Old K-Marts are being used as flea markets and churches.

Algeria becomes the last country to stop using leaded gasoline.

Drake breaks the record for most-streamed artist in a day with Certified Lover Boy.

Your song of the day is McCoy Tyner with Search for Peace.